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[livejournal.com profile] snickfic instituted this meme, and others are following:

“I think that many of us like talking about our and linking to our work but are embarrassed to do so without excuse, so I am making us an excuse. Behold, the Seven Days of Self-Promotion Meme, inspired by another recent meme but with more categories, all obviously customizable as you see fit. Notice that the categories are very broad, so you can talk about your art or vids or meta or whatever if you don’t write fic.

The Days:
     1. Something old
     2. Something new
     3. Something you made for someone else

Something you made just for yourself:

Oh-h-hh, where to begin? All of my writing is done for myself, so the entire panoply — sixty-plus stories on my personal site, not even counting drabbles — are self-indulgent gifts from me to me. Still, I have to pick, so I’m going with … “the Silence in the Spaces Between”.

A more recent entry than most of the works I’ve profiled so far, SISB was done only four months ago. It was a notion that came to me seemingly from nowhere, as so many seem to do; unlike those others, this was one I was able to translate quickly into reality. Inspired — in a sense — by “As Time Goes By”, [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63’s translation of Casablanca into the Buffyverse, SISB is likewise a scene-by-scene retelling of a story I had seen and enjoyed elsewhere. Because I was essentially plagiarizing a pre-existing work, simply making substitutions of character and setting and backstory and internal thoughts as necessary, this one was easy to write. I also thought it would be obvious, so I just stated up-front that the story was a cheerful rip-off of a “classic” from another fandom, and waited for someone whose geekitude equaled mine to identify the source material.

And nobody got it. Nobody. Or, if anyone did, it was someone who didn’t bother to say so. After a month or so, I also posted it on Twisting the Hellmouth … and there, too, though I got a decent response, nobody seemed to be able to tell where it had come from.

Apparently I’m a MUCH bigger geek than even I had realized.

The intro ‘teaser’ says, Faith a prisoner. Xander to the rescue. What could go wrong?, and that’s a fairly decent précis of the essentials. More to it than that, of course: there’s a mystery villain, a few known BtVS/A:tS guest stars, some brisk action, and a resolution that I hoped contained a surprise or two. It was self-indulgent fun — hence ‘something I did for myself’ — and as is generally the case, I enjoyed writing it. I don’t know how much I’ll like it compared to my other stories, once the recent-novelty has worn off, but overall I’m not displeased.

… if only someone, somewhere, could get the in-joke of its origins.

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     5. Something for a major fandom/pairing/character
     6. Something for a minor fandom/pairing/character
     7. Something you’re just really proud of

And then other people can read your discussion and follow your links to your fanworks (and maybe comment on them?) and you can read their discussion and follow their links and comment on them, and it will all be lovely.”

Date: 2014-06-04 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
I think it's great that you write for yourself first and foremost. Good for you!


Date: 2014-06-05 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparrow2000.livejournal.com
I'm remember reading and enjoying the story, especially the dawning (hee) realisation of who the villan is, but yes I'm afraid I still have no idea of the original story. One of these days you are going to have to put us out of our misery!